Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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True team track and field meets are designed to determine the top team based on depth rather that top finishers. The Raiders had plenty of both at last Thursday's Hudson True Team Invitational at E.P. Rock's Newton Field. Bailee Dierks was a double-winner on the girls' side and George Bond, Cole Causby and Paul Sparstad won one event each for the boys to lead the host Raiders to a sweep of the team titles at the 8-team meet.
Eau Claire North completed a season sweep of Hudson in Big Rivers Conference baseball action at Grandview Park, 6-1, while Hudson's girls' soccer team posted an 8-1 victory at Menomonie and the Raider boys golf team tied for fourth at a BRC match at Lake Wissota Golf Course in Chippewa Falls Thursday, April 20.
High School Soccer After opening Big Rivers Conference play with a 4-1 victory over River Falls at home last Tuesday, the Raider girls' soccer team couldn't overcome a three-goal halftime deficit Thursday at Eau Claire North and came up one goal short in a 3-2 loss. The Raiders, now 2-1 overall, 1-1 in BRC play, traveled to Superior for a nonconference game Tuesday, April 18, after press time and will visit Menomonie for a BRC match Thursday, April 20, before hosting Rice Lake at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25.
Seven different Raiders scored goals and Madison Danielson had a pair of assists as the Hudson girls' soccer team defeated Superior, 7-1, in Superior, while the Raider baseball team dropped a 9-0 decision at Eau Claire North Tuesday, April 18.
Hudson's boys golf team cut five strokes off its first-day total but it wasn't enough to catch River Falls or Chippewa Falls at the two-day season-opening Western Wisconsin Invitational hosted by Somerset and Baldwin-Woodville April 7-8 at Bristol Ridge and Pheasant Hills golf courses. The Raiders shot 345 Friday at Bristol Ridge and came back Saturday with 340 for a third place total of 685. River Falls won the 23-team tournament with 666 while Chippewa Falls was second with 669.
Jason Nell has coached baseball in a lot of places in the last 20-plus years, from Somerset and River Falls to Dubuque and Estherville, Iowa. And through all that time his wife, the former Lisa Olson of Hudson, has followed him wherever he went. Until last year. "Finally one day I said you know what; you apply for a job and if you get it I'll move," Nell said. "She's a teacher and she applied for a job in White Bear Lake, she gets an interview and they hire her for the following season in a span of one week. So I said. OK, I guess we're moving."
Bailee Dierks was a double-winner on the girls' side and George Bond, Cole Causby and Paul Sparstad won one event each for the boys to lead the host Raiders to a sweep of the team titles at the Hudson True Team Track and Field Invitational Thursday, April. 13, at Newton Field.
High School Tennis The Raider boys tennis team won 14 of 20 matches in scrimmages against New Richmond and River Falls last Thursday in New Richmond. But those wins didn't count. Saturday's results did count however, and the Raiders responded by going 2-1 to take second at the Hastings Quad in their first official action of the season. Head coach John Knutson said the Raiders learned a lot about themselves Thursday in New Richmond and Saturday at Hastings, but there's still a lot of tennis to play this season.
High School Soccer Opening the season on the road against the 10th-ranked team in the state with a new coach didn't faze the Raider girls' soccer team last Saturday. Senior Catie Woodley scored the only goal Hudson would need in the first half and the Raiders dominated possession to hand Wisconsin Rapids its first loss of the season, 1-0. First-year head coach Steve Sollom, who has added the girls' program in addition to coaching the boys in the fall, said the Raiders are still a work in progress.
The Raider boys' hockey team had one of the best seasons in program history in 2016-17, posting a record of 27-2-1, claiming its second straight Big Rivers Conference title and winning Hudson's third state championship with a 2-1 victory over Waukesha North three weeks ago. Those achievements were recognized with six Raiders earning spots on the 2016-17 Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association All-State teams, including seniors Chase Blackmun and Anthony Howard as repeat selections.